Feb. 4, 2020

horse-gentian, Triosteum perfoliatum

What an odd honeysuckle! The paired flowers and fruit give it away, but its size and habit aren't much like all those woody relatives. These herbs are only a couple feet tall, with half inch flowers. The flowers require long-tongued bees to reach the bulbous nectaries at the base of the flower tube. The dried berries have been used as a coffee substitute. The plant has been used medicinally as a cathartic or emetic. Horse-gentian grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA(E), MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI(S), SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 5/20/12. Honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.